Not a reliable car
- Head gasket at 105K
- Water pump 105K
- No transmission fluids (complete leakage, no visible signs of leakage)
- Rear Brakes (2nd) 105K
- Timing belt (required) 105K
- Power Steering (no power) 95K
- Loose safety belts
Estimated $3900 repair costs.
- Front Brakes (2nd)
- Clock stopped at 60 K, CD no displays
- 4 times check engine lights (each at least $300)
- Oxygen sensors (twice)
- Transmission problems (in warranty)
This Subaru poses continuous maintenance issues, even after regular oil changes and major services at dealer locations. It has exotic problems like smelling gas in the car (rich burn), incredible noise when you start that reduces when you shift to a gear (apparently related to timing belt.) After the initial 4 years, it is slowly marching to death.
The electrical systems showed first signs to go. Switches for cruise, fog light, mirror heater were the first to go. Then the clock stopped, followed by half visible CD display. Then it was carpet, and rust showing in the car interior and under the hood.
In last 5 years, total maintenance costs exceed $10000. Now it needs another $3900 to run. Of course that would be waste of money. No doubt costs are crazy in the North-East. The dealer charged me $125 for telling me that car need a $3900 repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th June, 2008